Governor Names Members of Plastic Bag Task Force

, New York Law Journal


Gov. Andrew Cuomo promised to create the group on Feb. 14, when he signed a bill halting New York City from implementing a nickel-a-bag fee until at least 2018, saying at the time that the city-only law would have given a "windfall" to merchants, who would keep the fee, but not solve the statewide environmental problem.

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  • B. C. Harper

    He (Governor Cuomo) could have and should have just vetoed the bill. The bags are just discarded and allowed to fly away. How does that show that they have value to those allegedly needing them? Further, the bill only overrode the NYC legislation. Similar bills in other counties, including Suffolk, remain in effect. I am no fan of Mayor DeBlasio, but I cannot help but conclude that the Governor‘s action was politically and personally motivated. Meanwhile NYC is stuck with the unsightly garbage which continues to clog our sewers, wander our streets like tumbleweeds, and harm our wildlife.

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